Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s most creative meeting venue, is staffed by a talented team of quirky characters known as Ranch Hands. Individuals who have artistic leanings are drawn to Catalyst Ranch’s colorful workspace, diverse clientele, and co-workers of similar sensibility. That’s why you’ll find that every Ranch Hand leads a full life filled with an array of artistic pursuits. Ranch Hand Spotlight is a new occasional blog series that invites you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Ranch. We invite you to meet the fine folks who work together to anticipate and accommodate our clients’ every need from copies to catering! See what they do here at the Ranch and the ways they use their creativity in endeavors of outside the Ranch!

Today’s Spotlight focuses on Kegan Kiner!

Kegan Kiner 2010


Ranch Hand Stats

Name: Kegan

Job Title: A/V Guru & Inventory Manager / Self-Proclaimed Utility Player

Nickname: The Keegler

At the Ranch since: September 2010

Favorite Color: Green



Q: You are a man of many hats; can you give us an idea of what you do at the Ranch?

A: It depends on the day or the week. To break it down by job title, as Inventory Manager, I work with Cam, our Facilities Manager, to make sure we have everything we need on a day-to-day basis. As A/V Technician, I do everything from troubleshooting any issues that arise to researching new technology we could use to running focus group recording and sending media to our clients.

Q: What interests do you pursue outside the Ranch?

A: I play with mud, essentially is what I do. I do pottery and ceramics. I live on the same block as the studio I practice at, and I’ve been doing that since college.

Pitcher Face 2Q: Do you have a favorite piece you have created?

A: I don’t really have a favorite thing. My greatest accomplishment was my senior thesis show which was comprised of eight or nine large ceramic pieces that I built and transposed my face onto in different ways. I came down to the wire on that, and if I hadn’t pulled it off, I wouldn’t have graduated on time. So, luckily everything, the moons, aligned and then I sold my entire show. It was a great feeling.


Q: What do you like best about working at the Ranch?

A: Working with a staff that I generally like and I can joke aroun

d with and have fun with.

Q: Do you have a favorite story of anything funny or unusual that has happened at the Ranch?

A: Most of them I can’t really say on record.  


Q: Do you have a favorite toy or game at the Ranch?

A: I have a love/hate relationship with the Perplexus. It’s a puzzle maze in a ball with a marble. When we first got a couple of these, productivity on the floor significantly decreased because we were trying to beat that.

Fun Fact! To conquer the Perplexus, you must move the marble through 100 barriers, so 100 precise maneuvers are required to get to the end of the maze. Kegan did in fact complete the maze one time.

Monster Box 2All photos are Kegan’s ceramic creations.